Dual Boot

Dual Boot

Apple’s latest Mac operating system that is complete with a bunch of new features that iOS users will find familiar. It’s looking like a great addition to the Mac OS family, but for the time being it’s still in Developer Preview, has a fair amount of bugs, and isn’t quite ready for prime time. For(…)

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Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Clear Versions History & Auto-Save Cache Data

Mac OS X include the Versions feature and Auto-Save ability, this lets users restore back to previous editions of a file by creating a constant sequence of saved file states while they are being worked on. All around, Versions and auto-save are useful, but they can also leave traces of sensitive documents and files you(…)

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Launchpad

Launchpad

Mac OS X users can now add iOS-style Launchpad feature to their desktops with a free third party utility called MacLaunchPad. MacLaunchPad is pretty similar to the real thing, and some features are closer to the version of Launchpad that appears in OS X , like the real-time app search function. You can set some(…)

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Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Navigating & Selecting Text in Mac OS X

Text Navigation Shortcuts The first group of keyboard shortcuts allow for quickly moving around text: Jump to beginning of a line – Command+Left Arrow Jump to end of a line – Command+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to end of current word – Option+Right Arrow Jump to beginning of(…)

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Find iMessage Users & Contacts

Find iMessage Users & Contacts

iMessage is a great addition to iOS and OS X that lets you send unlimited text messages, pictures, videos, documents, and even files, between other iMessage users. Though you probably know at least a few people who are using iMessages, chances are good that more of your contacts have set it up and you just(…)

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Disable restored windows when re-opening specific apps

There’s a great tip over on the Macs in Chemistry blog on how to stop Lion from restoring your previous windows when re-opening specific apps. In System Preferences there’s a checkbox for turning this on and off globally, but using a handy little AppleScript you can disable it on a per-app basis. One of the(…)

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Get iTunes track notifications in your Dock

Get iTunes track notifications in your Dock

In OS X there is a cool hidden setting to enable “Now playing” notifications that appear from the iTunes icon in the Dock. Every time a new song starts, a small popup containing the artist and the song name appears and then slowly fades out after a few seconds. To enable this, start by opening Terminal(…)

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Display system stats

In older versions of Mac OS X, simply clicking on your computer name in the login window would cycle through displaying lots of useful system information. Unfortunately this feature has been removed in Lion, but you can bring it back to a certain extent. Open up Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities), paste in the following line(…)

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Display a short message

Display a short message

Displaying a message on the login screen was a complicated process that involved entering commands into the Terminal. Luckily, Apple have now added an easy way to set a message using System Preferences. To do this, go to the Security & Privacy preference pane, and under the General tab, tick the checkbox Show a message(…)

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Changing the background

In Lion, the background used for the login screen is located at /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/Resources/ The easiest way to get to this folder is to choose Go to Folder in the Go menu while in the Finder. Then just copy and paste in the above line and click Go. The image that is used for the background(…)

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